In March 1997, U.S. Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted the evacuation of American citizens, noncombatants, and other foreign nationals from Albania due to the country's civil unrest. The operations were conducted from USS Nassau's (LHA-4) amphibious readiness group. Despite initial fire upon landing, approximately 900 people were evacuated over 13 days. Additionally, 105 Albanians were rescued March 16-17 from unsafe and overcrowded vessels. Other U.S. Navy ships involved were USS Nashville (LPD-13) and USS Ramage (DDG-61).